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Six Ways to Freshen Up Meal Prep with Herbs

Square Roots | 08.21.19

Summer is coming to an end, and whether you’re headed back to school or to the office, it’s a perfect time to reset and get back on the meal-prep game. At Square Roots, we’re all about simple twists on easy recipes to add something special. Here are some of our favorite meal prep herb hacks to add flavor and cut down on food waste.

Six Ways to Freshen up Meal Prep with Herbs

1. Freeze your fresh herbs in perfect portions.

Worried your favorite herbs will go bad before you get to use them? Just blend them in with olive oil and freeze in ice trays. Then, when it’s time to sauté your next creation, just toss a cube in the pan for a flavor-packed punch. Bonus: you can do this with pesto too!

2. Create a compound butter.

Simply melt butter into a jar, snip in fresh herbs like chives or basil, and let it re-harden in the fridge. Use on pancakes, biscuits, corn, steak, and really anything that needs butter.

3. Make your own frozen pizza poppers.

Whether or not you have kids in your house, homemade pizza poppers are easy to make, healthier than store bought, and ultra convenient for freezing. Just roll out dough, cut into triangles, and top the wide end with sauce, mozzarella, and basil before rolling up and drizzling with olive oil. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Eat a few now, freeze the rest for reheating later!

Tip: If you’re not into making homemade dough, go by your local pizza shop to see if they’ll sell you some pre-made.

4. Add crispy, herbed chickpeas to salads and grain bowls.

Rinse and dry a can of chickpeas, then crisp in a skillet with garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss in chopped basil and chives, then portion between grain bowls, salads, and pastas for extra flavor and protein.

Six Ways to Freshen up Meal Prep with Herbs

5. Infuse a simple syrup.

Combine equal parts sugar, water, and either mint or basil in a sauce pan and boil until sugar is dissolved. Strain into a jar and seal for storage in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Use it to add some flavor to fruity drinks and iced teas, sweeten lime juice for popsicles, or drizzle on fresh fruit.

6. Bake herby biscuits for next-level breakfast sandwiches.

Bake up a double batch of herb-filled biscuits and slice them open to layer in your favorite veggie sausage and cheese. Wrap individual biscuits in foil for freezing, then just pop one in the oven to reheat when you need a hearty breakfast on the fly.

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